Change peoples’ lives as a medical practice assistant and gain a unique mix of administrative and clinical skills sought after among general and specialist practices. Work directly with patients, assist nurses and move into advanced practice management or nursing study.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Take clinical measurements
Handle medical specimens
Set up clinical observations for registered nurses
Prepare medical accounts and manage front desks
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate IV level
The skills to perform administrative and clinical work in a real doctor’s surgery or specialist practice
The ability to use medical terminology and discuss medical themes with registered nurses and doctors
A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.
This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.
During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:
A signed letter from your employer in a health care practice or medical setting, or
A signed letter from the organisation you are volunteering at to complete clinical tasks. You will need a letter from either a employer or volunteer supervisor to show you can demonstrate the required skills and knowledge for this course.
Attendance at a clinical workshop in Sydney is also compulsory if you are not working in a healthcare or medical setting. The workshop is free for enrolled students, though travel costs may apply subject to your location.
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
The ability to follow verbal and written instructions
The ability to understand basic medical terms
An interest in community health and wellbeing
Excellent customer and workplace communication
An awareness of and respect for consumer confidentiality
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like: medical practice assistant, medical secretary and medical receptionist.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting does not have any pre-requisite courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 23 Units of competency, including 19 core and 4 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
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